Humans are causing one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth history

Humans are the root cause of the ‘biological annihilation’ of life on Earth, according to a study published recently in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The study – conducted by a team of scientists from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and Stanford University – studied population and distribution trends for 27,600Continue reading “Humans are causing one of the worst mass extinctions in Earth history”

Serious dangers of BPA recognised by leading chemical safety agency

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – responsible for implementing chemical legislation in the EU – has officially recognised the endocrine-disrupting properties of bisphenol A, also known as BPA. The update was made to the ECHA Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC), which contains substances that may have serious effects on human healthContinue reading “Serious dangers of BPA recognised by leading chemical safety agency”

Three years and six goals to meet targets in the Paris Climate Agreement

A grouping of climate change experts has published six goals that must be achieved by 2020 in order to meet the targets set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. In a letter published in the journal Nature, the authors and co-signatories – represented by eminent scientists, business leaders, economists and NGO representatives – declared weContinue reading “Three years and six goals to meet targets in the Paris Climate Agreement”

Ireland’s worst environmental offenders named and shamed by EPA

Ireland’s environmental watchdog has warned five industrial sites already under its radar for serious breaches of the environmental law to clean up their act or face further sanctions. The five sites are Arrow Group Limited, Co Kildare; Rosderra Irish Meats Group, Co Offaly; T & J Standish Limited, Co Tipperary; Tipperary Co-operative Creamery Limited, CoContinue reading “Ireland’s worst environmental offenders named and shamed by EPA”

All new Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019

Volvo will only produce fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019, making it the first mainstream car manufacturer to commit to a total phase out of cars solely powered by internal combustion engines. This may well be a landmark moment and one of the clearest a signs yet that traditional petrol or diesel fueled carsContinue reading “All new Volvo cars to be electric or hybrid from 2019”

Legislation needed to protect European soil, new EU study finds

A new report published by the European Parliament’s committee responsible for scrutinising the European Commission’s agricultural policies has highlighted the threats facing soils across Europe. The report – prepared by academic experts from Wageningen University, Aarhus University and the University of Cordoba – was presented to the European Parliament on 20th June and included a numberContinue reading “Legislation needed to protect European soil, new EU study finds”

Retailers face higher costs without HFC phase-out, says Environmental Investigation Agency

European retailers face severe financial repercussions if they do not transition to hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-free cooling technology, the Environmental Investigation Agency warned today. The EU F-Gas Regulation, brought into law in 2015, legislates for the rapid, stepped phasing out of the use HFCs, which are potent greenhouse gases. From 2018 HFC supplies will be slashed by 48Continue reading “Retailers face higher costs without HFC phase-out, says Environmental Investigation Agency”

Green Party launch Waste Reduction Bill 2017

The Green Party today launched a Waste Reduction Bill to introduce a deposit refund scheme for glass and plastic bottles and a complete ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics, such as coffee cups and plastic cutlery. Only 40 per cent of the 210,000 tonnes of plastic produced each year in Ireland is recycled and at least 52.5Continue reading “Green Party launch Waste Reduction Bill 2017”

Scientists warn increasing ocean temperatures could destroy world’s coral reefs within decades

New research published in the journal PeerJ, reports that strict conservation and protection measures has failed to halt the destruction of coral reefs in the Hawaiin Islands, with 90% of Hawaiian coral reefs suffering bleaching in 2014 and 2015. Widespread bleaching of coral reefs, whereby corals expel crucial algae living symbiotically within their tissues, is aContinue reading “Scientists warn increasing ocean temperatures could destroy world’s coral reefs within decades”

Fracking: what we know, should it be banned?

Hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ has dramatically changed the energy sector in the US , allowing them to become the world’s largest natural gas producer and lessen its dependence on crude oil imported from the Middle East. But the question remains as to what environmental and public health cost? There are increasing numbers of reports that hydraulicContinue reading “Fracking: what we know, should it be banned?”